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UOIT School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Grad Student and Postdoc Update: February 2018

Monthly newsletter from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) with information for UOIT graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Grad Student Engagement

  • Graduate Professional Skills workshops are held throughout the semester. Build your career skills and enjoy lunch on us! Register on the SGPS website. Upcoming sessions include:
    • Making an Impact: Your Research Identity - Learn how to take control of your public research profile and track the impact of your publications and research activities. You will also use research metrics tools and checklists to evaluate journals and conferences as possible venues for your research. (Wednesday, February 21 from noon to 1 p.m.)
    • Practice Your Presentation (Mitacs seminar) - Theory will be introduced in short bursts but the majority of your time will be spent practicing your presentation skills and receiving feedback. (Friday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    • Non-Academic Job Search - Explore job search strategies! Learn how to effectively create networking opportunities and build relationships that can lead to career opportunities. You will also have the option to have your profile photo taken after the workshop. (Monday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Online Graduate Professional Skills workshops are always available! Topics include mindfulness for educators, community engagement, entrepreneurship and research management.

Graduate Student Council

  • The Graduate Student Council and SGPS invite proposal submissions for programming at the 9th-Annual Graduate Student Research Conference on Thursday, May 3, 2018. This conference provides a platform to share completed and ongoing research endeavours from all subject areas. Deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Submit your proposal on the GSC website.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)


Thesis reminders

  • Please be aware of the upcoming 50 per cent early completion tuition refund date for degree requirements complete by Wednesday, February 28. Conditions apply. Visit the SGPS website for information.

Student Life

  • Ready to to make significant progress on thesis and project writing? Stop talking about writing. Stop reading about writing. Stop thinking about writing. The Student Learning Centre's Shut Up and Write! workshop provides a supportive environment where everyone has the same goal. Thursday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register on the Student Life website.
  • Looking to gain additional learning experiences and contribute to your community? Attend the Volunteer Fair and meet over 20 agencies recruiting volunteers. Tuesday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 61 Charles Street.


  • Have you heard about the #OshHackathon? In teams of three to five, propose a solution to a public policy challenge focused on improving residential rental housing in Oshawa. The event is open to undergraduate and graduate students from Durham College, Trent University Durham and UOIT. Kick-off event is Thursday, February 15 in the Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC). Learn more and register on the City of Oshawa website.

Money matters

  • Tip: Always apply for OSAP, even if you don’t believe you will be approved for funding. Many different variables come into play when assessing your OSAP and your eligibility to receive funding could change from year to year.
  • Make sure your winter semester course load matches what's on your OSAP application. Make any necessary updates with the Student Awards and Financial Aid office.

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